Monday, August 1, 2011

Scaling back...Please Read

The photo above is of me with 3 of my favorite children.  As many of you know I have a rare autoimmune disorder.  It likes to wreck havoc on my life from time to time and lately has decided to gear up again!  Because of this, I was forced to take some time this past week to focus on ME.  

I went to the doctor last week and discovered that my chemo is killing too many of the good blood cells along with the bad blood cells.  I'll just be honest and say that I'm worn out.  I'm extremely anemic right now due to this and find it difficult just to do the every day tasks around the house that I NEED to do.  I don't get many of the extras done anymore.  

My doctor has given me some restrictions and for the welfare of myself and my family I've decided to follow her advice.  That being said, I've decided to scale back on blogging.  I'll still be around and post some things that I really like and enjoy, but I'm not sure what that looks like yet.  For now, I'll still teach classes around town so if you'd like to schedule a class give me a holler!  

Until I start feeling better my time and energy will primarily be focused on being the wife and mom that God created me to be.  That being said, I'd like to leave you all with something that happened to me last Fall.

I went to the True Woman conference with one of my best friends...Kristin.  I had a spell last Fall (medically) where I was forced yet again to evaluate my life.  As we were driving down to Fort Worth, Kristin and I talked A LOT!  I was sharing with her how the Lord was impressing on me to look at my legacy.  
Side note:  Life threatening illnesses will force you to look at your life and evaluate it!  :-)

The verse the Lord kept showing me and having me think about was this...
2 Corinthians 2:15-16
 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.

This verse has meant so much to me over the past several months.  I think that the Lord has used it to constantly remind me of what my primary purpose is here on earth.  No matter what I do with my life, I've learned that I have a SMELL and constantly put off an aroma to others.  I hope that people smell LIFE when they meet me.  I hope that they smell the Life of Christ in me and want that for themselves.  

At the conference Kristin and I were in the elevator with Crawford Loritts and his wife.  He looked at my name tag and said, "Heather...Do you know what your name means?"  I said, "Well, I know that it's a flower."  He said, "My daughter's name is Heather.  It's not just a flower,  It's a fragrant flower that blooms in rocky terrain."

Wow!  Isn't it cool when the Lord speaks to you through other people?!?!  I obviously have some rocky terrain ahead of me with my disease.  I just hope and pray that the legacy I leave is the fragrance of LIFE...Life only found in Christ my Savior! 


  1. What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing the way that God spoke to you. I think it is so cool the way He works like that, reminding us that with all the billions of people he watches over, he is still focused on YOU. Or me. :) I'll be praying for you while you get stronger. While you'll be missed on the blog, you are making the right decision to take time off. Have fun with your family!

  2. Thanks for your words of encouragement, Darla! I love blogging so in some form or fashion you'll still see me posting things. I've just decided that I can't continue posting all of the daily deals that come along. There are plenty of other blogs that post them anyway, so I feel like that's something I can let go of for now. I also plan on teaching classes still as that's something I really enjoy. I LOVE meeting new people so I'd really like to keep that perk! :) I appreciate your kind words.